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1  Blue cupcake skirt (and accessories) in CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES by llamas on: October 04, 2008 06:31:09 PM
So I went to the Giant Eagle with the basic concept of this skirt in mind, fully intending to disregard the wisdom of, oh, the entire internets and attempt to dye a cotton laundry bag with Koolaid. Luckily, in the laundry section my attention strayed to...ironing board covers. Blue, cheap, and Omg Sparkly! Score. Overall, I spent darn near $15 bucks.
2 ironing board covers at $4.50: $9
2 containers of sprinkles/sugar at $1.99: $3.98
1 bag of candy necklaces: $1.79

To make the skirt, I ripped out the seam connecting the elastic to the actual cover:

And of course, removed the foam pad inside. Tada, sparkly blue fabric pieces:

To construct the skirt itself, I sewed the two ironing board covers together end to end, cut a piece off of the top lengthwise to make a waistband,  andchopped off the pointy bits at the end of each piece. Then I gathered the resulting rectangular piece, put on the waistband, and sewed up the side. Just a basic gathered skirt, really.

Then the fun part. I laid stencils on the skirt, spread fabric glue on, and sprinkled on the sprinkles!

I then made a straight freehand line with the glue and added the pink sugar. The result:

I also dipped the button in glue and sprinkles (yes, the zipper is visible on purpose!):


Action shot:

But what to do with the leftover scraps of fabric and the candy necklaces I didn't use? Accessories, of course! A slouchy little purse with a giant freaking bow:

And candy beads strung onto memory wire, with the ends glued:

The whole thing:

Thanks for looking...the skirt is actually one of my favorite things that I've made, ever. I need to figure out how to best seal the sprinkles so I can wear it out at least once.

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2  Rack-squishing $4 Ann Taylor dress to high-waisted bubble skirt (image phat) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by llamas on: July 07, 2008 08:08:35 PM
So I went to Gabriel Bros. this weekend while I was home visiting my parents...they had a bunch of dresses from Ann Taylor on sale for four bucks apiece. I loved the fabric this one was made of (silk/cotton blend--nom), but it was completely unflattering; it made me look like I had one giant flat uniboob!

So I bought it anyway, fully intending to just cut off the bodice and leave the skirt intact.
The chopping off at the waist:

I hemmed the raw edge and tried it on...

Eww! Bad length, and kinda boring. What to do? Turn it into a bubble skirt, of course!

It was convenient and not too annoying to do so, as the skirt had a separate lining, so I was able to just gather the edge of the main skirt and sew it to said lining.

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3  Re: What shall I do with several yards of vintage polyester knit? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by llamas on: April 08, 2008 10:21:22 AM
Here it is; the green is actually a bit brighter than it looks in the picture:

And KittenKaboodle, I love the halter dress idea...I've never made a halter, so I didn't even think of it!
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4  Anthropomorphic push-pin in CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES by llamas on: May 06, 2007 08:44:32 PM
This is my first challenge, and inspiration finally struck at the last minute, so this is mostly for fun...meet my felt push-pin; he's slightly annoyed to have a bent pin!

The body and face are made completely of felt pieces; most of the seams were done with a felting needle, but a few needed thread too. He's an environmentally friendly pin, stuffed with shredded plastic grocery bags. 
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5  Payless Maryjanes to MJ-inspired pumps. First post and slightly image-plump! in Designer Clothing Homage by llamas on: May 04, 2007 06:57:34 PM

I fell in love with these http://couture.zappos.com/n/p/dp/17741250/c/29465.html as I do with at least one pair of Marc Jacobs' shoes every season, but certainly wasn't going to pay $350 for them. Then I saw honeebee's cute version of some Betsey Johnson ribbon flats (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122442.0) and decided to try to apply her technique to a pair of Payless maryjanes to achieve a similar, but not quite the same, look...

The originals, bought on sale:

The finished product:

I lopped off the straps and cut the slits in the shoes with an exacto knife and threaded the ribbon through them with the help of a very small crochet hook. I glued the bows and accent ribbon on with some sort of evil stinky glue (I can't find the tube right now).

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